An upstate NY man (not shown) learned that attacking a car with a Japanese-style sword is not an effective way to de-escalate an argument, nor to win it. It’s not completely rhetorically useless, though: if it doesn’t get you shot by the police (there being very few armed victims in New York State) it’s a great conversation-starter while you’re in jail waiting for trial. From the New York Post:
A Lewis County man faces several charges after police say he repeatedly struck a car with a Samurai sword while a family member was inside it.
Lewis County Sheriff’s deputies tell the Utica Observer-Dispatch that 48-year-old Robert Mosley of Port Leyden was involved in a domestic dispute Saturday night and struck the car to stop the person from driving away. The vehicle’s rear window was shattered.
Mosley was charged with criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child and menacing.
He was arraigned and jailed on $1,000 bail or $2,000 bond.
Port Leyden is a tiny former canal town in northern New York State, with a population of 655 and a median household income of $24,000, and that’s pretty tight rations for Port Leyden’s average household size of 2.5 people. This probably makes for a pretty sad story behind the Mosley family’s problems.